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Eleanor Thompson Wortz was born on June 5, 1921 in Salisbury, North Carolina. Wortz's father was employed as a train conductor. She graduated from Spencer High School in Salisbury and then attended Catawba College. While attending Catawba, she became Chief Cheerleader and was a member of the Writer's Club and Editor of the College Annual.
At Catawba, Wortz entered the Civilian Pilot Training Program. Wortz served as a Women's Airforce Service Pilot during World War II. Wortz has written chronicling her experiences called "Flying Gals of World War II."
This oral history interview was digitized through the support by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-17-0034-17).